Britain's Best Cities Part 2

Posted on 20/05/2016

The UK is full of amazing cities and urban walking areas, packed full of history and hidden cultural gems.

The Telegraph recently chose their 20 best British cities, and here at ViewRanger we thought it would be a great idea to share some routes in these areas, giving you the best routes to help you explore these urban wonders.

 

Take a look at Part One of Britain’s Best Cities. 

 

Oxford (£) – ranked #10

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 5 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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Starting in the ancient city centre, Carfax, this route takes you through many of the city parks, including University Parks, Headington Hill Park, South Park, Magdalen Deer Park and Christchurch Meadow. It also passes the Radcliffe Camera, one of the most striking buildings in the country.

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Chester (£) – ranked #9

Difficulty: Very Easy

Length: 3.75 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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This very easy, looped route takes you past a range of sights, from a Roman temple to Minerva to a bridge that Robert Stephenson got wrong... Passing through a mix of touristy and local paths, it gives the opportunity to properly explore this historic walled city.

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Durham (£) – ranked #8

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 3.13 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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This walk takes you on a circular route around the historic city and its peninsula, while also following the River Wear. You’ll get the chance to go inside both the castle and cathedral, an experience that is worth carving out extra time for, as the views from the 998 year-old cathedral are spectacular.

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Wells (£) – ranked #7

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2.5 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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This simple walk starts at the heart of the city, talking you along the high street, past the Bishop's Palace which has been the home of the bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years. The route then takes you into the countryside, with the return journey taking you through Torr Hill Wood, before walking in front of the magnificent cathedral back into the centre of Wells.

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Cambridge (£) – ranked #6

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 3.13 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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This city walk takes you past some of the finest architecture in the UK. The route takes you through the historic streets, giving views of the many colleges and gardens, as well as giving you the chance to walk along the Cam and the backs of the colleges. There are so many brilliant distractions along the way, we’ll be surprised if you finish the route in one go.

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St Davids – ranked #5

Difficulty: Medium

Length: 4.46 miles

By National Resources Wales (Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru)

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This walk around the UK's smallest city gives you the chance to explore the final resting place of Wales's patron saint, Saint David, the 13th century Bishop's Palace, 14th century Tower Gate and its numerous art galleries, while also taking you down to the Pembrokeshire coast, for amazing views out to sea. 

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Bath – ranked #4

Difficulty: Very Easy

Length: 2.19 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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This route along the River Avon lets you take in the city and its amazing, Georgian architecture. Visit the famous Baths and the abbey while you’re there to add some more miles to your journey.

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York (£) – ranked #3

Difficulty: Very Easy

Length: 3.02 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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This route takes you through one of England’s most historic cities, starting on the ancient walls that date from 1200, you are immediately provided with splendid views into the city and beyond. Away from the fortifications, you drop down to the River Ouse, and the many interlaced streets that hold hidden gems waiting to be found.

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London (£) – ranked #2

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2.93 miles

By Business Traveller

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This walk along the Victoria Embankment takes you along the north side of the River Thames, from Westminster Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge. You get amazing views of the South Bank, and thanks to the amazing attractions in the capital city, we’ll be surprised if you manage stay on route.

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Edinburgh – ranked #1

Difficulty: Medium

Length: 4.06 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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This route is the essential tour of the big attractions of Edinburgh, take in the sights and sounds of the different areas of the city. If you would like to extend your walk, a trip to Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park is a must, as it gives you amazing views across the city.

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 Visit ViewRanger for more routes in the UK and abroad!

 

Inspiration for this post was taken from an article by The Telegraph Travel.

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